Every parent, guardian, or other person within this state having control or charge of any child or children between their 6th and 16th birthday(s) shall enroll and send such child or children to a public school, a private school, or a home study program (O.C.G.A.§ 20-2-690 et.seq.). Visit the Georgia Department of Education's home study webpage for more information.
House Bills 39 and 706, passed during the 2012 legislative session and signed by the Governor, moved the responsibility of homeschool reporting from local school systems to the Georgia Department of Education. The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) provides a web-based system to efficiently comply with these homeschool requirements. Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to use the web-based system to submit their homeschool Declaration of Intent and attendance records as doing so will save time and resources for both the parent/guardian and the GaDOE. The GaDOE web-based system is located on the GaDOE homeschool webpage. Additional information about homeschooling and how to submit homeschool documentation is available on the the state website. Please be advised that the GaDOE web-based system is not affiliated with any vendor offering services to homeschool parents/guardians.
For parents/guardians who do not wish to utilize the web-based system, the GaDOE will also provide for the paper submittal of homeschool documentation. Parents/guardians may submit their homeschool documentation via mail or fax to the GaDOE at the contact information below:
Georgia Department of Education
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE
Suite 1754 Twin Towers East
Atlanta, GA 30334
Fax: (404) 676-5744
The GaDOE will be responsible for issuing Certificates of Attendance for homeschool students that are eligible for a learner’s permit, driver’s license, work permit, or as needed for other purposes. Parents/guardians may request a Certificate of Attendance electronically using the web-based system or by contacting a GaDOE homeschool staff member.
Please note that pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 20-2-701 local school systems will continue to be responsible for filing proceedings in court to enforce the compulsory attendance law for homeschoolers after written notice has been sent to the parents/guardians. The GaDOE will coordinate with local school systems to provide the documentation needed for enforcing compulsory attendance for students in home study programs.